Monday Musings 11/09/09
Burnt scrolls…Vaulted cells…Muddy cisterns
Have you ever gone through a period in your life when you feel like you have been burnt (ripped off) by someone, or trapped in a prison cell of circumstance that appears to have no way out? Perhaps you feel like you have been thrown into a muddy pit and you are sinking in your situation?
The prophet Jeremiah can relate. He had a word for Judah: “Do not deceive yourselves, thinking, ‘The Babylonians will surely leave us.’ They will not! Even if you were to defeat the entire Babylonian army that is attacking you and only wounded men were left in their tents, they would come out and burn this city down.”Jeremiah 37:9&10
This word had Jeremiah beaten and put into a vaulted cell in a dungeon. The scroll that the words were written on was torn piece by piece and thrown in a fire. Ultimately, Jeremiah was thrown into a cistern where he sank down into the mud.
Jeremiah 36 – 40 is a story of the horrors of disobedience and the blessings of obedience. Judah’s disobedience led to the capture of Jerusalem and a horrific loss of life. On the other hand, those who obeyed the word from God through the prophet Jeremiah received the blessing. The poorest in the land “harvested an abundance of wine and summer fruit.”Jeremiah 40:12
The God of Israel said: “I am about to fulfill my words against this city through disaster, not prosperity.”Jeremiah 39:16
It is interesting that North America’s dependence on prosperity has led to foreclosure and economic disaster. Like the Babylonians of Judah’s day, dependence upon prosperity is an enemy that has no plan to leave us any time soon. Just something to think about.
By the way, perhaps you are wondering how Jeremiah got out of the muddy cistern? God provided thirty men who took some old rags and worn-out clothes and let them down into the cistern with ropes to Jeremiah. They told him to put the old rags and worn-out clothes under his arms as padding and they pulled him up with the ropes and lifted him out.
Let me challenge you to use the old rags of hurt from the past and the worn-out clothes of weariness and pain in your life as padding under your arms and let God lift you out of your muddy situation and place you on solid ground!!!!
Until next Monday…